LONDON Britons chased "Black Friday" shopping bargains on Friday with initial signs that many were going online rather than heading to stores for an event imported from the United States.
Early deals and drizzly weather damped the start of the Black Friday promotional push by UK retailers. Security and shop staff outnumbered customers at many stores, unlike last year when shoppers at Tesco and Asda fought for cut-price goods.
China's main share index closed down by more than 5% after several major brokerage firms announced they were under investigation.
The prudential regulator has imposed a rare �1.29m fine on Raphaels Bank for failing to spot improper transfers of millions of pounds within its business, potentially putting “its safety and soundness at risk”.
Qatari clients were behind the biggest single deal Barclays has executed for wealthy individuals and which is now the subject of a record �72m penalty meted out by the UK financial watchdog.